A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin is violating the state's public records law by refusing to turn over emails sent to a tip line he set up for parents to report “divisive practices" in their children's schools, more than a dozen news organizations assert in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Environmental Law Center has sued the nation's largest public utility for failing to disclose full contracts related to proposed natural gas pipelines.
The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to shutter its remaining coal-fired power plants and get power from another fossil fuel — natural gas.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attorney for a man who came within days of being executed in Virginia for a murder he didn’t commit has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against a state agency that’s withholding records the attorney believes will show authorities could have gotten the right suspect.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of Connecticut’s airports has a new name.
Bridgeport city officials approved the renaming of Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford as the Bridgeport Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state agencies are being told to no longer identify for the public which employees are incurring expenses on government credit cards, officials said.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House on Tuesday approved a ban on the use of messaging apps or other software on state employees’ work-issued electronic devices if the technology would prevent communications from being subject to public record requests.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The office of Delaware’s embattled state auditor violated the state’s Freedom of Information Act over a period of several years by failing to properly maintain logs of public records requests, the attorney general’s office has determined.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are accusing federal land managers of illegally withholding information about environmental assessments used to justify plans to create fuel breaks to slow wildfires by clearing forests and shrubs across six western states with little if any public oversight.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill allowing the public access to limited criminal investigation records will go into effect in July, along with a handful of other bills related to government transparency...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Amy Coney Barrett delivered her first Supreme Court majority opinion Thursday, ruling against an environmental group that had sought access to government records...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three groups that believe the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using the Cumberland County Jail as a short-term detention center for immigrants are suing for information...
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government must provide limited information about its withholding from the public a tape of the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi and a CIA report on his death in a Freedom of Information Act case, a judge said Tuesday...
BOSTON (AP) — A mobile fingerprinting app U.S. immigration agents use to run remote ID checks in the field has become a core tool in President Donald Trump’s deportation crackdown, a pair of immigration rights groups say in a LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it "a shining example of open government" that had ensured access to vital public records for generations...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it "a shining example of open government" that had ensured access to vital public records for generations...
DeKALB – A new software system geared to make it easier for DeKalb residents to get public information through the Freedom of Information Act is live on the city’s website.
Under the new system, when a person makes a FOIA request, a search of previous requests is conducted to determine whether the city has already provided such information.
DENVER — ACLU affiliates in Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Alaska, and Colorado joined together in filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today against their regional U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s executive orders suspending refugee resettlement and banning Muslims from seven countries from entering and returning to the United States.
Legislation designed to reform the state's Freedom of Information Act is headed to the Senate after passing the House this past week.
One of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, said nothing has changed in legislation since the end of last session, when it died in conference committee.
A Freedom of Information complaint filed against the New Milford Board of Education has been withdrawn, but school officials are still using it as a learning experience, Superintendent of Schools Joshua Smith said at last week’s meeting.
“If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects.” — Louis D. Brandeis, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Sunshine disinfects. That’s especially true for your government.
State Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, returned to his home county Friday for an afternoon hearing comments, discussing issues and addressing concerns.
The freshman legislator held his fourth coffee hour — and first in Mason County — at Ludington’s House of Flavors Restaurant, where a crowd of about 20 locals asked questions about pension funding, water quality, Enbridge’s Line 5 and FOIA legislation recently introduced by VanderWall.
VanderWall introduces bill to make governor’s office subject to FOIA, legislators to open records act
State Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, Wednesday introduced legislation to make Michigan’s state government more transparent.
His legislation is part of a greater bill package to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and create a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).